Pakistani clerics give approval to Hindu temple construction:
The choice by the Council of Islamic Ideology comes after the administration of Prime Minister Imran Khan unexpectedly stopped development on the temple in the capital Islamabad in June.
29 oct 2020
Pakistan’s state-run council of clerics, which advises the government on religious issues, gave its approval Wednesday to the construction of a new temple for minority Hindus, ruling Islamic law allows them a place of worship.
Lal Malhi, a prominent Hindu leader who is also a member of parliament, applauded the ruling but noted the council also recommended the government not spend public funds directly on the construction of private places of worship.
Some extremists had vowed to try to stop the temple’s construction with force, raising tensions. Khan turned to the council to decide if public money could be used for construction. He had promised $600,000 for the temple’s construction. Khan’s decision came amid threats from radical Muslims who called construction of the temple a blasphemous act.
Khan, who has promised equal rights for minorities, is expected to issue a formal order to allow the temple’s construction.
Currently, there is no functioning temple for Hindus in Islamabad. An ancient temple exists in the capital, but Hindus don’t use it for fear of attacks.